the Warbirds Museum in Sevierville, TN At the airport in Sevierville, Tennesse and across town from the Muscle Car Museum is the Tennessee Museum of Aviation aka the Warbirds Museum. There are about 15 vintage aircraft from the 30's to the cold war jets and several display engines and military vehicles. Many show cases have uniforms from various eras and other military paraphenalia.
The rationing of fuel, rubber, metal and even food during WWII prompted the department of agriculture to produce many informative pamphlets like this one.
Regretfully this is out of focus, but I thought of ole Brushy Mountain when I spied this on display.
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I'm not an aircraft spotter, and the following was not identified. I guessed it was Lockheed Electra and I was WRONG. It is a military version of the Beechcraft D18. It was definitely a Top Flight restoration as were most all of these beauties. I often say, "ya'never no what'll turnip". And true to form, was this 30's Reo coupe that was custom built for Amelia Earhart. Just exactly how many head lamps did she need for night driving? This Reo had these detailed embroidered seat covers. Stunning. I don't know what that chrome do-dad is by the drivers door. Spot light? This biplane was home built by a local Tennessee flying enthusiast in the 30's. It was not very large and almost seemed to be a 3/4 model. On of my all time favorites are the WWII Navy carrier planes with articulating folding wings. How about that Mako shark paint job? Did Harley Earl get his idea from fishing or these 40's sharks? These were TFB or Torpedo Fighter bombers. Note the bomb bay or torpedo bay doors and folded wings. This is the type of WWII Navy plane President Bush was shot down in. Thank God he was rescued. Who else could have put together the forces in the first Gulf War? There was a movie being shown that featured this WWII P47 Thunderbolt called the Hun Hunter. It was a famous WWII fighter. This partial fuselage was used in several Hollywood WWII epics. Note the hood ornament of Amelia Earhearts Reo. This cockpit was used in many Hollywood WWII movies and even had removeable panels for different camera angles. The famous WWII Norden Bomb Sight. Note the bicycle shaped seat for the bombardier. It was solid wood. No cushion. These models were as clean as any restored Corvette's I've seen. Only one helicopter was on display, and frankly it was a little beat up. But everything else was literally spotless. A WWII half track pulling a quad set up of 50 cal. anti air craft machine guns - missing the machine guns. Where else can you see this stuff, but the history channel.
These radial engines are a work of art. 9 Cylinders. Note one spark plug per cylinder and the black tubes encasing the valve push rods.
Now study the cut away engine below, it has 3 banks of 4 cylinders each, for a total of 12 cylinders.
One of the earliest US jet engines. This was referred to as a Turbojet Engine. Wonder if it has 427 cubic inches or if GM was hanging their hat on a fast symbol? This old jet engine looks like something from an old Buck Rogers movie. A Shooting Star.
A Russian MIG. Another Russian MIG. A final Russian MIG 17. This place was well worth the visit, and the admission fee. The facility was spotless and well lit which makes taking indoor pictures much easier. Check out the shine on them floors! Back to Current Events HOME